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I haven't tried PCLinuxOS before, but a while back I read that you shouldn't install Knoppix on a hard drive. Something about it not working too well. Maybe things have changed though since then..
Fedora is a nice choice for distro too, you can take a look at that as well.
If you loved Slax, perhaps Slackware might be of interest - Slax is Slackware based (hence the name!). I feel it's necessary to warn you (if that's the right word...) that Slackware is quite different from Slax from a GUI point of view...
Slackware is wonderful, and will teach you lots of things, however you will have to invest enough time with it. Other distros might work better out of the box and have nicer features, but Slackware just _works_, and is probably the most traditional Linux distro available.
"If you learn Red Hat, then you know Red Hat, but if you learn Slackware, you know Linux"
Have to agree with the previous poster. I was always a Fedora freak, all the way up until Fedora 7. I have now been using slackware for about 3 weeks and I already feel I know more about linux than I had down with any other distro.
It's not that there was anything wrong with Fedora, or any of the other distros that run easier out the box, but I switched to Linux to learn as much as I could about the Operating System and Slackware, while a steep learning curve, offers me that.
Ultimately, the choice will be up to you and I would definitely give Fedora a try at least.
1. I dislike F7 as well. I'm putting Slackware 12.0 on my laptop instead.
2. It's not that the hard drive Knoppix install won't work well. It works just fine . . . unless you're interested in a secure system. I had a hdinstall for a while. I'm a little ashamed to admit it. Anyway, it's a heifer to update!
3. Slackware probably isn't the best for newbies who are looking for an easy to install OS. But once it's installed, it's the best thing for you.
After 3 weeks of trying everything I could find online to try and stop the weird pausing that Ubuntu Fiesty Fawn seems plagued with, I have begun testing other Linux distributions to move to.
So far from their LiveCD's, PCLinuxos-2007 and Knoppix have been the easiest to set up on my system and run my hardware with little trouble.
I would love to get feedback on these two distro's from folks as to which one I should use?
Wierd freezing problem? Hmm, must be hardware related. I've yet to have any issues with Ubuntu on my PC's.
If you like the Ubuntu way of doing things(apt-get, synaptic, debian, etc..), then the most logical choice, to me, is Debian Etch. Its fast and easy to use(especially if you've spent some time getting to know Ubuntu) you'll feel pretty at home w/ Debian...
There's several ways to install it, but if you don't want to download 15 CDs, then the Net Install is probably for you.